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A presentation I gave at the NYC Semantic Web meetup on Dec 8, 2011. I talk about Ookaboo.com, a collection of images that are tagged with precise Linked Data terms from Freebase and DBpedia.

A presentation I gave at the NYC Semantic Web meetup on Dec 8, 2011. I talk about Ookaboo.com, a collection of images that are tagged with precise Linked Data terms from Freebase and DBpedia.

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  • 1. What would you do with freepictures of everything on Earth? Paul Houle
  • 2. How it all startedPhoto Credit: Daniel Sparing The slides to this talk are licensed CC-BY-SA/3.0
  • 3. Flickr kills the dream…
  • 4. But Creative Commons Saves the Day
  • 5. animalphotos.info
  • 6. dbpedia& the semantic web Subject Predicate (Verb) Object <dbpedia:Albatross><rdf:type><dbpedia-owl:Bird> . http://dbpedia.org/ontology/Bird http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#typehttp://dbpedia.org/resource/Albatross
  • 7. Taxonomy Construction and Data Integration Input Data RDF Freebase Relational CSV RDF Processing Pipeline OWL SPARQL 1.1 SPIN RIF Hadoop OutputTriple Store RDF File CMS NoSQL Lucene
  • 8. automating the processIdentify topics search for candidates filter correct images describe imagesdbpedia flickr
  • 9. amazon mechanical turk
  • 10. carpictures.cc
  • 11. Fueleconomy.gov Wikipedia Honda Concept Cars 2007 2008 2009 S360 FCX CivicChevrolet Honda Volkswagen Front-Wheel Drive Vehicles Civic Accord Element Chevrolet Honda Volkswagen S360 Civic Accord Element FCX
  • 12. the business model People use images Gather Peoplecontent make links Advertising Site gets Revenue more traffic
  • 13. how many things exist?The game of 20 questions  220 = about a million…
  • 14. what sort of things exist?“Everything on Earth:” Places, People, Creative Works, Life Forms, TechnologicalArtifacts
  • 15. ny-pictures.com
  • 16. geospatial selection + Wikipedia graph
  • 17. The only way is noway…The only limits areno limits…The only taxonomyis no taxonomy…
  • 18. exploring the earth’s noösphere people creative works places inventions life formsNoösphere, according to the thought of Vladimir Vernadsky and Teilhard deChardin, denotes the "sphere of human thought".
  • 19. ookaboo.com takes off
  • 20. topics pictures sources Network analysis + Text analysisookaboo + Social
  • 21. ookaboo
  • 22. ookaboo semantic API http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thailand APIThanks: Andyindia, Echiner1, Rene Eherhardt
  • 23. Why don’t computers understand human language? The Ink is In The Pen The Pig is In The PenThanks: Seaniz, GiangHồThịHoàng, Claudia Scholz and
  • 24. the human memome project One ring to bind them all?
  • 25. Top-down? Bottom-up? Both!Merge data from a wide range of sources, continuously test against reality byperformance in practical applications
  • 26. 21st century knowledge engineering R Databases D Logic F“machine learning” + rules + social + …
  • 27. A Market in Common Sense
  • 28. Linked Data Business Models Free Shared Vocabulary Enables …but the profit motive Interconnection… spurs investment to create quality data.
  • 29. Ookaboo directions• Official RDF dump• More pictures• Better navigation• Better accuracy• Semantically targeted advertising
  • 30. Questions? http://ookaboo.com/All images on Ookaboo are public domain or creative commons and can be used freely for commercial and non-commercial purposes